WHAT ARE NEONICOTINOIDS?
- Nicotine is not just lethal to humans in the form of cigarettes, but the chemical is also extremely toxic to insects
- Neonicotinoid pesticides are new nicotine-like chemicals and act on the nervous systems of insects with a lower threat to mammals and the environment than many older sprays
- Pesticides made in this way are water soluble which means they are taken up by the whole plant - they are called "systemic", meaning they turn the plant itself into a poison factory with toxins coming from roots, leaves, stems and pollen
- Neonicotinoids are often applied as seed treatments which means coating the seeds before planting.
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